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CHS teacher convicted of child exploitation out on bond during appeals process

Posted 7/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Columbus High School choir director convicted of child exploitation is out on bond while awaiting appeal.

 

Burglary gradually rising in Golden Triangle

Posted 7/6/2018 in Area

Though violent crime numbers have decreased or leveled off in Starkville and Columbus, property crimes -- specifically burglaries -- have been steadily increasing.

 

Statistics don't support claims of rising crime

Posted 7/6/2018 in Area

In January 2017, then Columbus Police Chief Oscar Lewis answered a reporter's question about the city's crime rate with a promise that violence was on the rise and that a biblical end-times prophesy was being fulfilled.

 

Cracker Barrel shooter a 'danger to the community'

Posted 7/3/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Before Robert Beck even made it into the courtroom for his arraignment in Columbus Municipal Court Monday, the suspect in a June shooting at Cracker Barrel was smirking and flashing gun signs at photographers.

 

13-year-old shot in East Columbus

Posted 6/27/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 13-year-old in Columbus has been hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries after being shot in east Columbus Tuesday night.

 

Steel Dynamics announces $240 million expansion

Posted 6/27/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Steel Dynamics, Inc. announced Tuesday a plan to add an expansion valued at nearly a quarter billion dollars to its Lowndes County facility, which is expected to create at least 45 jobs in the next three years.

 

CRA to hold off on Burns Bottom acquisitions

Posted 6/22/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Redevelopment Authority will temporarily hold off on acquiring more properties in the Burns Bottom neighborhood.

 

Bridging the gap between doctor and patient

Posted 6/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Growing up in a small community outside Aberdeen, Cali Edwards remembers her family having to drive the 30 miles to Columbus just to see doctors.

 

Online targeting of children by predators increasing

Posted 6/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the last month, four individuals from Lowndes County have been arrested for internet sex crimes, including a 17-year-old whose case is being handled by Lowndes County Youth Court, and a Columbus man who the FBI has been investigating.

 

'A different world': Camp Rising Sun makes place for kids with cancer

Posted 6/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Andy Miller was 8 years old, he came home from his first year at Camp Rising Sun, sat on the swingset in his backyard and cried because he had to leave camp.

 

United Way director stepping down

Posted 6/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

United Way executive director Danny Avery has resigned his position and will be stepping down June 29.

 

Man accused of soliciting teen for pornography

Posted 6/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is behind bars after allegedly soliciting a teenager to produce pornographic material.

 

CPD officer suspended for second time in a year

Posted 6/6/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A patrolman with Columbus Police Department has been suspended for 28 days without pay for the second time in a year.

 

One in custody following three-hour standoff

Posted 6/1/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office deputies took a man in custody following a three-hour standoff outside a home on Will Hairston Road in southern Lowndes County on Thursday.

 

Justice Institute fights for open government, individual liberty

Posted 5/31/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Shadrack White likes standing up for his beliefs, even when those beliefs are unpopular.

 

4 displaced after fire destroys public housing units

Posted 5/31/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four people lost their homes and possessions in a fire that started in a Columbus Housing Authority apartment and spread to three other units Wednesday morning.

 

Caring for community cats: Volunteers in Columbus, Starkville 'trap, neuter, release' feral cats

Posted 5/30/2018 in Area

A few cats were walking around outside two abandoned businesses nestled between some woods and a busy highway in Starkville when Janice Greenslade first saw them about six years ago. All she knew at the time was no one there could have owned them.

 

Lowndes man to serve five years for domestic assault

Posted 5/29/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County man arrested for attacking one woman and cyberstalking another will spend five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to domestic violence in Lowndes County Circuit Court.

 

DJ pleads guilty to 2015 shooting at Heidi Ho

Posted 5/26/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday will spend 35 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

 

Ex-Columbus choir teacher to serve 7 years for soliciting student

Posted 5/26/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A crowd of supporters for former Columbus High School choir director Michael Jackson openly sobbed in court Friday as Jackson was sentenced to serve seven years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for soliciting a student for sex.

 

 

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